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The whole passage Cyclic epics. The Aethiopis. evidently presupposes some well-known work or works in which the contest for the arms had been related more at length. The scholiast says that ‘the story comes from the Cyclic poetsSchol. H on Od. 11. 547h( de\ i(stori/a e)k tw=n kuklikw=n..’ There are two poems, and two only, which are known to have contained that story. One is the Aethiopis, by Arctînus of Miletus, which may be placed about 776 B.C. The other is the Little Iliad, which in later antiquity was commonly (though not universally) ascribed to LeschesAs Carl Robert has pointed out in Bild und Lied (‘Arktinos und Lesches,’ pp. 222 ff.), the claim of Lesches is subject to much doubt. Hellanicus, himself a Lesbian, attributed the Little Iliad to Cinaethon of Lacedaemon, according to the scholiast on Eur. Tro. 821; where Thestorides of Phocis and Diodorus of Erythrae are mentioned as other writers to whom the poem had been attributed—while Lesches is not even named. The